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A local developer has started its transformation of a 1960s office building in West Hollywood into apartments.

The 10-story edifice, located near Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 8899 Beverly Boulevard, will be turned into 76 residential units - including 15 apartments for low-income households.  Townscape Partners, which received entitlements for the project in 2015, is also building nine townhomes on a former parking lot located immediately north of the building on Rosewood Avenue.

Seattle-based architecture firm Olson Kundig is designing the adaptive reuse project, which is converting a Richard Door-man designed structure originally known as the International Design Center.  Plans call for adding a new penthouse level to the mid-rise structure, as well as retaining existing some pedestrian-oriented commercial space.

A construction timeline has not been announced.

The project's path was cleared in 2016, when a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge rejected an appeal the West Hollywood Residents Association that sought to overturn its approvals.  In obtaining development rights, Townscape agreed to contribute $2.2 million to fund streetscape improvements in the surrounding area and provide $1.1 million for the construction of a pocket park on Beverly Boulevard.

The project's developer, Townscape, is best known as the company behind plans for a Frank Gehry-designed mixed-use complex at 8150 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.  That proposed development also cleared a legal hurdle recently when a Superior Court Judge declined to block demolition of a small bank building which currently occupies a portion of the project site.

Construction at 8899 Beverly Boulevard. Image courtesy of Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography
Construction at 8899 Beverly Boulevard. Image courtesy of Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography
Construction at 8899 Beverly Boulevard. Image courtesy of Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography
Construction at 8899 Beverly Boulevard. Image courtesy of Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography
Construction at 8899 Beverly Boulevard. Image courtesy of Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography
Rendering of 8899 Beverly. Image courtesy of Olson Kundig.
Rendering of 8899 Beverly. Image courtesy of Olson Kundig.
Rendering of 8899 Beverly. Image courtesy of Olson Kundig.